The Ultimate Race Car

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Race car enthusiasts, start your engines! An indispensable reference for the racing enthusiast and a compelling introduction for the general reader, The Ultimate Race Car uses superb color photography as the foundation of in-depth profiles of 80 of the greatest competitive cars of this century. In addition, The Ultimate Race Car explores the tracks, races, marques, and personalities of the fast-paced and fascinating world of auto racing. Stunning, full-color photos of the great cars from the 1900s to today ...
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Race car enthusiasts, start your engines! An indispensable reference for the racing enthusiast and a compelling introduction for the general reader, The Ultimate Race Car uses superb color photography as the foundation of in-depth profiles of 80 of the greatest competitive cars of this century. In addition, The Ultimate Race Car explores the tracks, races, marques, and personalities of the fast-paced and fascinating world of auto racing. Stunning, full-color photos of the great cars from the 1900s to today In-depth profiles of leading drivers, engineers, and designers Includes a complete history of the sport, including the great courses and circuits David Burgess-Wise is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers and Society of Automotive Historians. In 1995, he won the prestigious Renault Journalist of the Year award for his racing reportage.
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In this attractively illustrated volume, journalist Burgess-Wise profiles not only the drivers but also the designers and constructors who have created cars capable of winning the world's toughest auto races. Specially commissioned color and b&w photographs show the most exciting racing cars from all angles, including driver's-eye view shots. Specification boxes provide the facts on the outstanding cars of each decade from the 1900s to the present, and artworks of top rival racers illustrate the intense competition in design and engineering through the years. Oversize: 9.25x11.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789441829
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1999
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Posted September 19, 2010

    Who wouldn't want to read a book about all the different kinds of race cars?

    The book that I chose to read was The Ultimate Race Car by Davis Burgess-Wise. This book is a timeline about the different styles and types of racing cars encompassing the years 1884 to 2000. The major theme in this book centers on how automobile racing opened up a new category in the sporting world.
    The Ultimate Race Car is a child's encyclopedia filled with colorful pictures and photographs. It is broken up into three sections. Part one gives the history of racing. Part two highlights the best race cars from the 1900 to 2000. Part three gives a short summary about the famous racers from the past one hundred years.
    The very first racing car was a little quadricycle that was built by Parisian firm De Dion, Bouton, and Trepardoux in 1884. Its top speed was 35 mph and its very first race was in 1887. Its only opponent was the clock. The very first international race series was the James Gordon Bennett. First international race was in 1900 and the 1st place winner was by a French car. The Grand Prix replaced the Gordon Bennett series in 1905. The biggest engine ever built was the Beast of Turin, a whapping 300-hp machine that was powered by a 28.3-liter airship engine. It was capable of going 180mph. This was recorded at Longs Island, New York, in the year 1912. The first use of a supercharged sport car engine started in the early 1920s. Every year saw improvements in speed and safety.
    The strengths of this book are found in its colorful photos, overall organization and the thoroughness of its history in part one. The timeline is excellent. There is one weakness. In section two, which contains all the best cars from 1900 to 2000, the reader is only given limited amounts of information.
    If you are a sports-minded person and like car racing, this could be the right book for you. The Ultimate Race Car gives a good glimpse of what a real race car has under its hood. It also includes some math and science concepts by addressing aerodynamics and its effect on speed. My likes about this book was that it gave a lot of information about all the different types of racing cars and that it had pictures of all different kinds of cars. My dislike about this book was that it did not give a lot of specifications about all the different brands and types of engines. It only said how much horse power the different engines had and what its top speed was. It never said how fast they could accelerate and how much torque they had

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